Client: 7YAD
Work: Space Design, Construction
Location: Dongtan, Gyeonggi
Use: Cafe
Date: 2020                     

Arcadia, an idealistic pastoral space from ancient Greek myths where people can relish the beauty of nature, now refers to Utopia or the nature itself. Nature has been the subject of desire as far as history could track back and even now that we live in a digital-ruled world, nature and the fullness it gives to people’s lives linger.

Located in Dongtan, in Korea, where Shin-li stream flows, Café 7 yad aims to project the spirit of Arcadia. The name itself also came from the combination of letters “Day 7”, Sabbath, the last day of the week when God rests. It aims to present its visitors a place to relax.

There are a street crowded by cafés and the trail where people come to stroll near Café 7 yad. This duality is one of the biggest features of the site. We tried to utilize some features from the site and to pursue nature within the space design.

Café is categorized into two sections: the first floor and the basement floor. The first floor was inspired by the original site. we went on to enhance features of the original site and created a space that embraces nature fully. On the contrary, the basement floor is selective when letting the nature in. A void ceiling in the sunken is the only doorway for nature to come into the basement. These contrasting features of the space offer different ways of seeing nature.

Café 7 YAD is space of the journey started by pursuing the ideal nature, but opened up possibilities for different ways of interpreting what nature implies. We hope the visitors experience new perspectives and explore their own meaning of true “nature.”